Conservative Party members are in favour of the death penalty, think Islam poses a threat to the British way of life and believe Donald Trump would be a good prime minister, according to a poll.

A survey for YouGov found that 58% of those polled think the death penalty should be allowed for certain crimes, compared with 37% who are opposed to capital punishment.

More than half of those surveyed (56%) thought Islam was “generally a threat” to the British way of life, while 22% thought it was “generally compatible”.

Asked about the US president, 54% of respondents said they believed he would make a good prime minister, compared with 43% who said he would be a bad one.

YouGov quizzed 892 of the 180,000 party members who will decide between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt for their next leader and the country’s next prime minister.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are taking part in the latest Tory leadership hustings

The poll, carried out for a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, also found:

  • Two-fifths thought having people from a variety of different backgrounds in Britain has damaged society;
  • Just under half (49%) said schools should not have to teach children about LGBT relationships;
  • A total of 51% thought most people could get a job if they tried enough;
  • Some 46% think fears about climate change have been exaggerated, while 45% believe warnings from scientists about the scale of the problem.

The survey was carried out between 11 and 14 June, before the crowded field of candidates was narrowed down to just Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt.

The Dispatches programme features Islamophobic posts on Facebook from people who identify themselves as members of the Conservative Party.

A member of the Boris Johnson Supporters Group wrote: “I would ban all Muslim (sic) from entering the whole of Great Britain.”

A member of the Jacob Rees-Mogg Appreciation Society wrote: “Two mega mosques agreed planning permission in Maidstone and Worcester, how we feel about this?” Another person posted: “WRONG.”

A party spokesman told the programme: “Those people making these posts that we have found to be members of the party have been suspended pending investigation.

“Discrimination or abuse of any kind is wrong and will not be tolerated.”

Mr Rees-Mogg told Dispatches that the Facebook page is not an official supporters’ group, saying: “I absolutely condemn such behaviour.

“Anyone who behaves in such a way is not one of my supporters and should be reported.”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt leave 10 Downing Street
Image: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two leadership candidates

Campaign group Hope Not Hate said the results were “absolutely shocking and reveal the depth and scale of the Islamophobia crisis inside the Conservative Party”.

Campaigns director Matthew McGregor said: “As Conservative members vote for their new leader, Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson should take their fingers out of their ears and show some real leadership: condemn the anti-Muslim racism exposed by this polling, and call a proper independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.”

Sajid Javid

During a TV debate last month, both Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson signalled their support for an external investigation into Islamophobia.

Sajid Javid had challenged his fellow leadership candidates at the time to agree to an investigation.

With the other contenders appearing to nod their agreement, Mr Javid said: “You all good guys? Shall we have an external investigation into the Conservative Party and Islamophobia?

“Excellent, they agree.”

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